Monday, 11 April 2011

WoW: When we said THAT, what we totally meant to say was THIS

Bashiok said: We’ve been following discussions and reading feedback on the Dungeon Finder Call to Arms feature, and appreciate everyone’s opinions on the topic. 

We've also been crapping our pants.

We wanted to share a few items though that supplement the recent announcement:

We want to limit the damage.

The additional reward for completing the Dungeon Finder Call to Arms (called the Satchel of Exotic Mysteries) will be Bind on Account; able to be freely sent to other characters on your account once you receive it.

Gosh! Did we forget this crucial little detail?

An error existed in the announcement regarding flasks and potions being picked based on your spec. This is not the case. If someone earns a Satchel of Exotic Mysteries, and if it rolls the random chance to provide a potion or flask, it will be a randomly selected. This helps ensure a broad array of available flasks and potions for all characters.

Yup because they would only be based on your spec if we meant them for the character who tanked the dungeon. Which we didn't mean. Totally didn't mean. Totally. It was an error, that's it!, an error!

We also wanted to clarify, mounts that have a possibility to be found in a Satchel of Exotic Mysteries are found with the same rarity as if you had slain the dungeon boss that normally drops them.

Oops, people object to other people being given rare stuff that took months to grind. Who knew? Btw, looking forward to getting your Bear Mounts 2.0 from Zul Aman 2.0? Clever of us not to compromise the uniqueness of the Bear Mount version 1.0 by using a slightly darker shade of brown for the fetlocks, eh?

(Italicised quotes from Bashiok, Blizzard poster)

Conclusion: Nyuk nyuk nyuk


  1. "mounts that have a possibility to be found in a Satchel of Exotic Mysteries are found with the same rarity as if you had slain the dungeon boss that normally drops them."

    ... But obviously, it'd be way easier and less hassle for you to just go and solo those instances now if you want the mounts that badly.

  2. Yeah, there's clearly a lot of very muddled thinking going on.

    It doesn't help that they've become so sensitive to forum opinion. What happened to the old Blizzard with their attitude of "this is what WE think is fun, we're not that fussed if some players don't like it."

  3. Stabs, it seems to me that you naturally lose some of that attitude when you go public and get bought by a company beholden to shareholders. It's not about the game, it's about the business.

  4. Yes, you're probably right, but in that case are we seeing the cycle of small enthusiastic corp doing everything right growing into large bloated corp paving the way for new upstarts?

  5. I think so, yes. That life cycle is shortcircuited a bit by the expense of MMO development and the addiction inherent in the genre, but I do think there's a lot of room for upstarts in the genre.

    ...whether or not those new niches actually get explored is another thing entirely, though. Potential isn't always filled. *shrug*